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guest musicians:
Stephen Cooney: guitar, keyboard
Trevor Hutchinson: double bass
Donal Lunny: bouzouki, guitar, bodhran

Copperplate is delighted to announce the re release of Dermot's much sought after debut CD. The accordion player for traditional Irish band Altan, Dermot Byrne has taken a fresh approach to the squeezebox tradition of his homeland. The son of a musician, Tomas O'Beirne, Byrne continues to build on his father's legacy. In addition to his work with Altan, Byrne has performed or recorded with such stellar Irish musicians as Seamus and Manus McGuire, the Chieftains, Frankie Gavin, and Dezi Donnelly. His debut solo album, released in 1995, featured accompaniment from guitarist/keyboards player Steve Cooney; double bassist Trevor Hutchinson; and bouzouki, guitar, and bodhran player Donal Lunny. Taught to play the accordion by his father, Byrne mastered the two- and single-row accordion by his teens. A guest on two Altan albums -- The Red Crow and Island Angel -- he became a full-fledged member in late 1993. Since then, he has been featured on three of the Donegal-based group's albums: Blackwater, Runaway Sunday, and Another Sky.  Re-releases can sometimes falter as they struggle to find purchase in another time, another place, but Dermot Byrne’s 1995 solo recording is a timeless delight that straddles centuries with the agility and ease that Byrne’s fingers ricochet across the reeds.



Track 1: The Heather Breeze

Track 2: Mulhaire's

Track 3: Paddy's Rambles Through The Park

Track 4: The Victoria HP

Track Listing

  1. Master Seamus / Bunker Hill
  2. McInerney's / The Japanese HP
  3. Pigeon On The Gate / The Heather Breeze
  4. Highlands
  5. Mulhaire's / The Yellow Tinker / Daly's Reel
  6. Welcome Home Grainne
  7. The Broken Pledge / Reichswald Forest
  8. The Frost Is All Over / Wild Oats & Oro bog Liom I
  9. Paddy's Rambles Through The Park
  10. Hardiman The Fiddler
  11. Kathleen Smith's / The Victoria
  12. Tico Tico

Press Reviews

The Irish Times
A long-time anchor of Altan, Byrne’s subtlety as an accordion player has always marked him apart. His tune selections here are inspiring: hornpipes and highlands are afforded the same meticulous and filigree treatment, so that The Victoria Hornpipe (borrowed from Dermot McLoughlin) and the highland set anchored by Jimmy Lyons trace their own heartbeats with an ear ever cocked to the demands of the melody. A rediscovered gem featuring some of the finest musicians, that’s well worthy of a second outing. Siobhan Long



Price: £13.99

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